If it’s springtime in Baltimore it’s time to plan your fall theater-going schedule. Today, Everyman Theatre announced its upcoming season. Notably, the season features four plays by women directors and revivals of two Tony Award-winning dramas.
“Several overlapping themes organically emerged during the course of designing our newest season,” said Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “From uplifting personal and collective legacies to unexpected truths hidden and discovered, Everyman Theatre’s 27th season gives voice to characters and experiences that are not ordinarily heard. Audiences can expect acting and storytelling of the highest caliber, along with a satisfying, stimulating mix of genres, tones and points of view. These are six amazing works designed to illuminate, startle, and surprise—come early, often, and with friends!”
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
Sept. 6 – Oct. 8, 2017
East meets west. Fact meets fiction. Illusion meets reality. When a powerful French diplomat becomes enchanted with a divine Peking opera star, little can quell the thirst of their intoxicating desire—but this diva is hiding more than her true identity. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, David Henry Hwang’s torrid and timeless Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly brings hide-and-seek to the stage in a gripping fable that proves the allure of fantasy and the power of obsession are a recipe for betrayal.
By Lynn Nottage
Oct. 18 – Nov. 19, 2017
Wearing her heart on her sleeve while sewing intimates for her clientele, Esther is the talented African-American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who has built a savings for herself making beautiful undergarments—while earnestly daydreaming of new beginnings, romantic possibilities, and the lingering affection she shares with a Jewish fabric merchant. But when an egregious deception cuts short heartfelt desires, can class, culture and circumstance outmatch the strength of human spirit? Inspired by a true story, Intimate Apparel is a heart-rending contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic—from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.
By Lauren Gunderson
Dec. 6, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
East Coast Premiere
Greetings from the French Revolution—where heads will roll. When you put former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle in a room together, literally ANYTHING can happen—especially big laughs! France’s fight for equality and freedom propels itself to modern times with this bold, brave and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs. Who runs the world? The jury’s still out, but these girls sure as hell changed it.
“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Donald Hicken
Jan. 31 – March 4, 2018
What begins as an ordinary summer day at the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family morphs into a night filled with foggy, drink-laced demons where long-buried secrets are revealed – and once exposed cannot be ignored. A long-revered showcase for tour-de-force performances, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece (published posthumously) lays bare what we all know to be true: the ardor of familial love cannot always protect you. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an autobiographical insight into its late, legendary playwright – and a compassionately brutal look at one family’s struggle to fight for and love itself.
By Julia Cho
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
Produced in association with Olney Theatre Center
March 14 – April 15, 2018
When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences in this touching story of intergenerational connectedness, forgiveness and the sweetest spice of life: love. As a Korean family struggles to relate across emotional and cultural divides, it’s the ingredients they share in common that lead to understanding. A perceptive and lyrical exploration of the act of cooking as a form of expression, Aubergine is a mouthwatering meditation on the beauty of life where hope is no mere ingredient—it’s the main course.
“The Book of Joseph”
By Karen Hartman – Based on the life of Joseph A. Hollander and his family
Directed by Noah Himmelstein
May 9 – June 10, 2018
East Coast Premiere
Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase… The discovery of a stash of letters stamped with Swastikas opens clues to an untold family history spanning multiple generations in The Book of Joseph—the gripping true story of resilience and truth-tracking determination spanning Baltimore and beyond. Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland, is brought to the stage in this mesmerizing new adaptation that restores a family’s uncharted legacy—celebrated by revelation and remembrance.
Earlier this week, Baltimore Center Stage also revealed its offerings for the fall 2017 Mainstage Season. Planned productions include plays about “faith, love, family, the state of the nation, revolution and a to-be-announced world premiere play with music,” according to the press release.
This will be the first full season that Center Stage will spend in its newly renovated building at 700 North Calvert St. The space encompasses new bars and dining areas, a theater called The Third Space to be used for what Kwame Kwei-Armah, Center Stage’s artistic director, bills as “adventurous works.” Its Head Theatre has also been redone with improved lighting and other modifications.
Here’s the details on Center Stage’s fall line-up:
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
Sept. 7-Oct. 8, 2017
Adapted by David Catlin from the works of Lewis Carroll
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2017
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Feb. 1-March 11, 2018
“George Orwell’s Animal Farm”
Adapted by Ian Woolridge
Directed by May Adrales
March 1-April 1, 2018
“Shakespeare in Love”
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Blake Robison
Oct. 19-Nov. 26, 2017
A world premiere play with music
Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
May 10-June 17, 2018
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